Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Funniest Pic of 2008

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Meditation for the Week

"We must first ponder the vastness of the divine glory and at the same time the slenderness of our understanding. Far from certain is it that our keenness could climb so high as to apprehend God. Therefore all thinking about God, apart from Christ, is a bottomless abyss which utterly swallows up all our senses....Hence it is clear that we cannot trust in God save through Christ. In Christ God so to speak makes himself little, in order to lower himself to our capacity; and Christ alone calms our consciences that they may dare intimately approach God."

- John Calvin, quoted in Preaching Christ from the Old Testament by Sidney Greidanus, p. 141-142.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

YEAH BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Greatest turnaround in NFL history!!!

DOLPHINS ARE AFC EAST CHAMPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We grounded the Jets. We shut down the Bills. We sent the Patriots packin'!!!

GO PHINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

God became man. What a mind-boggling truth.

Give God the glory for humbling Himself, coming as a babe and a servant to live a sinless life and die upon the cross as the Lamb of God slain for the sins of the world.

Only by faith in the life, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus, the God-Man, can one be rescued from his sin.

I don't know who the group is singing below, but watch this video to hear an amazing Christmas song that proclaims who the babe was in Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

On Lock Down

I am in lock down mode for the next two weeks as I work on D.Min assignments. I'll "come out" for Christmas and play with the kids. So my posting will probably drastically slow down unless I need a brain break.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Church Discipline Under Attack

A fellow seminary grad of mine is pastor of the Grace Community Church in Jacksonville, Florida. The church is now under attack for exercising church discipline on one of its members. It was on FoxNews's main page of their website this morning (click here), and posted on DrudgeReport yesterday here.

The articles are designed to attack the church rather than the sin in which the member is living in. The titles of their articles are FoxNews - "Church Threatens to 'Out' Sins," and on Drudge - "Woman Says Church Threatening to Make Sins Public." FoxNews even provides a PDF of the church's letter to the lady notifying her of its decision. These are typical depictions of how pagans view God's commandments. They mock them.

The ironic thing is that the lady has already "outed" herself. She had made it public and obviously feels no shame. According to the one article she has sought to withdraw her membership, but many churches have clauses in their by-laws that say if you are in the process of church discipline you cannot withdraw your membership. And you must agree with that when you become a member of the church.

So it will be interesting to see what happens here. We should certainly pray for wisdom for the church, and for the lady to repent.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Truth Quote of the Week

"Men cannot see truth, because they love falsehood. The gospel is not seen, because it is too pure for their loose lives and lewd thoughts."

- Charles Haddon Spurgeon


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Glamorizing Death

There has been great controversy as to whether a TV station in Britain should've aired the assisted suicide of a British citizen in Switzerland. The man had some sort of a neurotic illness and decided it was time to end his life before his condition worsened. So he flew to Switzerland with his wife where he flipped off his ventilator and drank some sort of poison serum with his wife holding his hand.

I clicked on a video from Sky News that was about a 2 minute documentary of it. I left a short message on the comments below and my email box started getting assaulted by people cussing me out. The language was so terrible that I can't even quote something from one of the messages. People telling me to shove my #*$%@ God down my throat and etc.

One man did say that this man chose an honorable death. How to evaluate what is an honorable death? Is dying by natural causes dishonorable? The twisted view of humanity when separated from the Creator is very numbing.

The only death that was ever honorable was the death that Jesus died. However, these same people that send these messages curse Him and mock His name. The Bible says that it is appointed unto man once to die, and after that judgment (Heb. 9:27). People who consider suicide should ponder that truth, and seek the Lord while He may be found (Is. 55:6). Only in Christ can we ever escape the pain and suffering that this life promises.

Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Czech Republic Among the Most Corrupt

The Prague Daily Monitor today reported:

Czech Republic among most corrupt countries
A Transparency International poll of business managers in 26 countries around the world found ČR is perceived as having the highest degree of corruption among political parties and that the government’s fight against corruption is seen as inefficient. The Czech Republic ranked 24th on a scale of 26 countries, ahead of Nigeria and Mexico.
This shouldn't come as a big surprise. When a majority of the country professes to be atheist, then you shouldn't expect anything better than being one of the most corrupt. As atheists many just throw their God-given moral compass out the window and anything goes. The sad part is that there is no vast difference between the general population of atheists and those who profess to know Christ. May a new Jan Hus (John Huss) arise and preach the Word!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

The Ultimate Christmas Gift?

My wife would like a treadmill for Christmas, and I could actually use some exercise myself to get the blood pumping. In my search for a low price treadmill I came across this one in the picture. It is a $1,300 treadmill for your pet.

You tell me. Is this a Christmas gift for losers or the ultimate Christmas gift?

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Truth Quote of the Week

Jan Hus (John Huss), in his pursuit of truth made the following statement:

"From the earliest time of my studies I have set up for myself the rule that whenever I discern a sounder opinion in any matter whatsoever, I gladly and humbly abandon the earlier one. For I know that those things I have learned are but the least in comparison with what I do not know."

Jan Hus in De Trinitate

Saturday, November 29, 2008

America's Disgusting god

A man lost his life during a worship service on Black Friday. Throngs of people were in line to enter their center of worship when they burst open the doors and trampled upon 34 year old Jdimytai Damour (pictured right). The sheer force of their entry bent the hinges on the doors and left Damour dead.

The place of worship: Wal-Mart

The Apostle Paul spoke of such worshipers as were at the Wal-Mart on Friday, November 28, 2008, in Philippians 3:18-19. The apostle said:

"For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things."
You don't see people lining up like this for worship on Sunday at your local church, but if you put on a sale to save people $5 they'll come. The god of materialism reigns supreme. These people's god is their appetite, their minds are only set on earthly things, and their glory is now their shame. The $5 they saved is now nothing but shame. They can now show off their latest DVD while holding an obituary in the other hand. How sad and how disgusting.

Friday, November 28, 2008

The Porpoise Driven Life

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Why God Doesn't Bless America

I have often enjoyed hearing the President and others say at the end of their speeches, "God bless America." But there is not much evidence of God's blessing on America these days. In fact I would say it is quite the contrary. We believers often pray for God's blessing, we pray for revival, we pray for another Great Awakening, but it hasn't come. Why?

American was founded upon Christian principles and many of the founding fathers were faithful believers, and God's blessing was upon America. However, today we can see collapse in many areas of American society. There has been a spiritual collapse over the last century and a half as biblical preaching has vanished and liberal theology has destroyed many churches. There has been massive moral collapse as homosexuality has been welcomed with open arms in several states, and abortion has been accepted as the mother's choice to decide whether to keep the life of her baby or to destroy it. And there has recently been financial collapse due to the raging greed and materialism of our nation. Isn't it evident that God's blessing upon America isn't flourishing?

How can God bless America? How can God bless America when He is not welcomed in the schools, He is not welcomed in the stores (can't say "Merry Christmas"), His name can't be mentioned at the end of prayers, and the 10 Commandments can't be hung on the wall of a government building (thou shalt not kill, etc.).

Florida Gulf Coast University, located in Southwest Florida where I grew up, has recently made a decision to ban all holiday decorations from its campus. In an effort to offend no one and to be politically correct the school president has decided to ban everything that would even give the thought of Jesus or anything Christian. This is paganism and secularism run rampant. This is education gone mad. How can God bless such a nation that each and every year goes to further extremes to push Christ out of every aspect of life?

It seems like America is beginning to resemble the days of Jeremiah when the prophet preached and warned Judah to repent and return to the LORD. Just read the next book in the Bible, Lamentations, and you can see what happened to Judah. America, I believe is at a crossroads. There is still time, there is still opportunity for God to bless America. But for such a blessing to occur there must be a return to biblical preaching, and there must be a returning to the Lord. But will America repent and turn to the Lord, or will it continue down the road of destruction? Unless there is a return to the Truth and turning away from the idols of its heart the nation will continue down the broad road, which ends in destruction.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Catching Up

My posting has slowed as of late as I try to catch up in my D.Min program. I started the program late and have been fighting to catch up. Therefore my posting has slowed. Hopefully by the end of January things will calm down a little.

In the meantime I'm enjoying studying preaching, hermeneutics, and more specifically at this time preaching the Old Testament!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Quote of the Week

This quote does not contain the word "truth," but it has rung true in our own lives and ministry.

"Success and suffering are vitally and organically linked. If you succeed without suffering, it is because someone else has suffered before you; if you suffer without succeeding, it is that someone else may succeed after you." - Edward Tudson

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Gospel According to Humanism

You may have heard by now that the American Humanist Association (AMA) is taking its message to the streets. They are making an advertising blitz this Christmas to promote humanistic thinking and to question people's belief in God. They have been hitting the Metro system of our nation's capital and have put their advertisements in several major newspapers. I wonder what would happen if Christians put billboards on public transportation proclaiming Jesus as Lord? I would what kind of a response or outcry there would be?

The Dallas Morning News quotes Roy Speckhardt, the executive director of the AMA, as saying, "Humanists have always understood that you don't need a god to be good...So that's the point we're making with this advertising campaign. Morality doesn't come from religion. It's a set of values embraced by individuals and society based on empathy, fairness, and experience."

This is their good news for the holiday season? Doubt God, and look to society? Since when has society ever come up with a good set of values? Look around the globe to peoples who have never been influenced by the Bible and have never known Jesus Christ. They have nothing to offer anyone. Most of the countries that have rejected or have never heard of Christ and the Bible are either third world, communist, impoverished, ravished by war, cannibalistic, and etc. Look at the countries where the Reformation flourished and you see a vast difference. Humanism only offers emptiness and hopelessness. Man cannot look to himself and come away happy and with hope. Man needs to be given hope, and Jesus is that hope. He is the way, the truth, and the life.

He is the reason for the holiday season, and He is the only one who can turn your life around and give you peace.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Jan Hus Unhinged

Jan Hus was a man of integrity, a man who died for the Truth, and a man of incredible conviction. Unfortunately some today use his name for their cause in a way that would cause Jan Hus to go completely unhinged if he were alive today.

Straight from the website of the Jan Hus Presbyterian Church:

What do we believe?

At Jan Hus Presbyterian Church, we share the following beliefs:

  1. Jesus is Lord - the love, humility and self-giving of Jesus make him Lord.

  2. The Bible is for both personal and social transformation. We interpret scripture with imagination and courage, without rigid literalism.

  3. The church of Jesus stays close to the under-privileged peoples of this world and guards against self-righteousness and oppression.

  4. Other religious traditions offer wisdom that we honor.

  5. The victory belongs to Love; therefore, we are called to a lifestyle of hope, gratitude and service.

We are an inclusive church. At Jan Hus, we welcome people regardless of racial, ethnic, or economic background or sexual orientation into full participation of church life.

Anathema Maranatha!!! What a disgrace to put Hus's name in the same sentence with such an outright rejection of truth.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

God Wins!

It is clear from Scripture that God is the one who sets up kings and brings them down (Dan. 2:21). Nothing happens that He doesn't allow. Therefore, we can say that God won in this election. Many people were obviously praying for a different result, but the Lord, who planned the end from the beginning, allowed the man He wanted to win. We of course can't explain all the ins and outs of God's will, but we can rest assured that He is on the throne. Psalm 115 says that the Lord does whatever He chooses.

Therefore, we should look at the election and realize that we have a responsibility to walk by faith and pray for the new president. We should pray for his salvation, for wisdom, and for him to act with integrity.

One exciting point is that all the initiatives around the country to eliminate "gay marriage" were successful. The people spoke, and that means no more threats to churches to perform such "marriages." It was a clear rejection of those radical judges who sought to impose their will upon the people. Praise the Lord for the decisive victory! This of course doesn't mean the battle for truth is over or that this issue is put to rest. But it is a victory in which we should rejoice. So, praise God!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Assume Nothing, Go Vote!

The media would have everyone believe that Obama is our next president. But due to the polls going from a tied race to a 15 point margin there is great reason to assume nothing and go vote. Their methodology is to suppress the vote in favor of their candidate, Obama.

In many battleground states it will be a turnout vote. So go vote, and be sure to vote for the other important measures on the ballot.

In California the big one is Proposition 8, which would eliminate homosexual "marriage." Other important measures in California where I voted are also Prop. 4 (an abortion measure), and Prop. 11 (redistricting measure).

Friday, October 31, 2008

Iraq Vet Weighs in on Election

3,000 Year Old Hebrew Text Found

Archaeologists have found a Hebrew text that they say dates to the time of King David. Click here for story. It was found near the Elah Valley where David killed Goliath. I was in the Elah Valley in June and was moved by the experience as it is one of the few places in Israel where no one has built a church on the site.

If the story is accurate it just gives further confirmation to what we already know. It further confirms the accuracy, and trustworthiness of the Holy Scriptures. Though it doesn't appear to be a biblical text, it does show that the Hebrew language was used during this time period which some may want to dispute.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

LA Times No More?

I have tried to restrain myself and not put much political stuff on my blog. However, the blatant bias of the media this year is appalling and the massive cover-up for Obama is numbing.

The Los Angeles Times has decided that it will protect Obama at all costs. It is now hiding a video that knows would be extremely damaging to the Obama campaign. Click here to learn more. This is apparently a party of people who are opposed to Israel. I am here calling upon Americans to contact the LA Times and demand they release the video immediately, and to never again purchase the LA Times if they do not do so.

1-877-554-4000 and nancy.sullivan@latimes.com and readers.rep@latimes.com

What is taking place this year is journalistic malpractice. If news organizations are willing to take such extreme measures to keep the TRUTH from us, then they are not worthy of our business.


Monday, October 27, 2008

The UnTruth Quote of the Week

What is wrong with this quote?

"What, then, is truth? A mobile army of metaphors, metonyms, and anthropomorphisms--in short, a sum of human relations, which have been enhanced, transposed, and embellished poetically and rhetorically, and which after long use seem firm, canonical and obligatory to a people: truths are illusions about which one has forgotten that this is what they are: metaphors which are worn out and without sensuous power; coins which have lost their pictures and now matter only as metal, no longer as coins."

- Friedrich Nietzsche, as quoted in The Hermeneutical Spiral, p. 483.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Give This Lady a Pay Raise and a Promotion

My wife says I shouldn't be so political on my blog, but I think this is hilarious. This lady asks what many people think. Too bad we don't see more of this type of questioning to get the truth out of some of these Democrats and Republicans. After next week I'll try to keep any political posting to a bare minimum.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

I Voted!

My wife and I voted yesterday! We filled out our absentee ballots and mailed them off to the State of California. There were some very important items on there to vote for in addition to the various candidates (i.e. homosexual marriage, an abortion amendment, and some spending measures).

Don't take this election for granted and assume anything. Go vote!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

No Prayer in Jesus Name?

World Net Daily has reported that the governor of Virginia, Tim Kaine, has forbidden chaplains from praying in Jesus' name. He, seeking to establish a non-sectarian form of prayer, is discriminating and persecuting those who pray in Jesus' name. As a result of his orders six chaplains have been forced to resign their positions. Kaine's government intervention in the words that chaplains use in their prayers is over the top and violates the separation of church and state.

There will be a protest/rally/prayer service in Richmond on November 1. It's aims is that this government mandated form of prayer will be overturned. When the government starts telling you how to pray, what words to use, and to not pray in Jesus' name that is scary. What will they demand next?

If you would like to contact the governor to voice your opinion, here is his contact information:

To email the governor click here.
Other contact information click here.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Hank Williams Sings "McCain-Palin Tradition"

Truth Quote of the Week

Here is a quote by Jan Hus who was driven out of Prague for preaching the truth.

“I fled, in order that impious priests might not prohibit the preaching of the word of God, and that you might not be deprived, on my account, of the Divine truth, for which, by the grace of God, I am ready to die.”

- Jan Hus

- p.50 – Letter XI – Letters of Hus - Mackenzie

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Trusting God in Difficult Times

My posting has slowed as of late. I just experienced the most stressful week I've had for a couple years now. But I take great comfort in Psalm 115, which I'll preach this Sunday. In this psalm the psalmist shows that God is superior above all gods. Though the nations may say "Where is their God?" We can answer with verse 3: "But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases."

There is no need to despair. This verse is a great comfort to me personally. Though there's nothing we can do to change our circumstances, we can trust Him and call upon Him in prayer knowing that God does whatever He pleases. The contrast in this psalm is with the gods of the nations...idols. Unlike them, our God can hear, and see, and speak, and act. We just need to trust Him and watch Him do great and mighty things which we know not.

Whether you are stressed because of spiritual attacks, family problems, problems at work, stressed over the political situation, discouraged by things at church, or whatever; in the end we can take comfort in the fact that God does whatever He pleases. His plan is far greater than ours and far more perfect. He will do that which is right. We just need to trust Him and trust that He will reward the righteous as He has promised.

Rest in His sovereignty. Trust Him to do only that which is good. Take comfort in the victory that comes only in Him. He is working behind the scenes where we cannot see.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Youth Conference Pics

Here are a couple pics from the youth conference. I'm a bad picture taker, but I took two pictures and someone took one of me with my camera. It was a great conference as we had more than double the usual number of youth that come to the regional conference. We had about 150 there, and we praise the Lord for that. The kids heard some great messages and were challenged to be doers of the Word and not hearers only.

I had the most controversial lecture of the conference, "what does it mean to be charismatic?" It was given to me by the guys who organized the conference, so I take it that I got the topic no one else wanted! Nevertheless, I think it went well and maybe some heard things for the first time.

They wanted my seminar to be more focused on being charismatic in the sense of having charisma for Christ. But I did throw in some things there about charismatic theology (i.e. Spirit baptism and the filling of the Spirit) to feed the interest that the title probably aroused.

Now we are all recovering from a crazy week! I think our pastor is going to take a vacation to recover from the thing.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Moravian Youth Conference

I have had a crazy two weeks. The busiest of the entire fall semester. Today begins the Regional Youth Conference, which means the youth from the Moravian churches of the Baptist Union. There will be a couple other churches participate in the conference though, and we are expecting our facilities to be maxed out.

The pastor was telling me that there are usually about 50-70 youth at the regional conferences, but the one we are hosting already has over 110 youth signed up and that doesn't include our church. We are praying that the Lord will use this conference to spiritually awaken the youth for His glory.

I will have a seminar at the conference and have been given the topic, "What is a Charismatic." I think it is the topic no one else wanted. However, the emphasis I have been asked to focus on is in the sense of being excited for Christ. So, we'll see how it goes, and I'll hopefully post a few pics in a couple days.

Monday, September 29, 2008

The Truth About Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?

Monday, September 22, 2008

Ray Boltz Shocks the Christian World

Ray Boltz, a well-known Christian musician, recently confessed to living a homosexual lifestyle. In fact he is very open about it on his website. He was married for 33 years and has four children. He recently said in an interview with the Washington Blade that he was "born this way" and now he feels closer to God living his new lifestyle.

Some of his more famous songs were "I Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb," "Thank You," and "Rise Again." According to OneNewsNow.com the Gospel Music Association (GMA) was asked about Boltz's homosexuality. Listen to what OneNews.Now.com says, "The Gospel Music Association -- the group which gives out the Dove Awards -- told the Blade, 'We do not comment on the lifestyle choices of people in our community.'" Stunning! So you can live however you want and receive Dove Awards?

This is one more reason why "Contemporary Christian Music" is truly contemporary. It is so contemporary that it has abandoned orthodoxy. May God save Ray Boltz and somehow use this for the furtherance of the gospel, the preaching of the truth, and the salvation of many who are enslaved by this sinful way of life.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Will He Do It?

Since this is the political season I thought I'd throw up something political once in a while. The question I have for you is "will he do it?" Sean Hannity quotes sources saying that Obama will replace Joe Biden with Hillary shortly after the VP debate with Sarah Palin in early October.

What do you think? Will he do it?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Two of America's Finest

The boys and I went to the Czech Air show last week. It was great to see the F-16 in action and some of the other planes at the airshow. After seeing the Gripen Fighter that the Czech Republic not long ago purchased, instead of the F-16 that they could have purchased, I'm not sure why they chose the Gripen other than for political reasons? The F-16 seemed to be a far superior aircraft. It seemed to have greater speed, maneuverability, greater defensive abilities, and etc. But that was only from seeing them fly, and that is only my ignorant perspective. It was interesting that immediately after the F-16 did its stuff everyone started leaving. I think everyone stayed to see that before heading home.

Nevertheless, there were some Americans there with their aircraft. There was an air-refueler (I think C-130) and two F-15's on display. Because we were Americans they allowed us to do things that others weren't allowed to do. So that was pretty cool. The servicemen were extremely kind, polite, patient, answered all my questions, taught me much about how they do things, and showed why many often refer to them as "America's Finest."

To the right are the pics. We also got to go inside a NATO reconnaissance jet. It too was pretty cool.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Truth Quote of the Week

I haven't posted a quote in a while. Here's a true quote from a friend's website:

"A job is at your choice; a ministry is at Christ's call. In a job you expect to receive; in a ministry you expect to give. In a job you give something to get something; in a ministry you return something that has already been given to you. A job depends on your abilities; a ministry depends on your availability to God. A job done well brings you praise; a ministry done well brings honour to Christ."

- James N. Spurgeon

Friday, September 12, 2008

The Pains of Moving

It seems that the last 3 months have been an absolute blur. I haven't been able to keep up with the blog due to all of our travel, lack of access to the internet during those travels, and now...moving. I'm in the process of getting my office established. Hopefully a few more days and my books will be on the shelves, our house appliances will be in order, and most boxes will be out of the way.

In the meantime we are preparing for some exciting things in ministry. I'll share those next!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Who is Sarah Palin? - Part 2

Pat Buchanan has an incredible article clearly describing who Sarah Palin is, and all the media fuss over her and their love of B. Hussein Obama. Click here to read.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Who is Sarah Palin?

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Still Waiting

We are still waiting for internet connection in our new place of residence. Hopefully it will happen tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

My Least Favorite Thing

My least favorite thing on planet earth is taking place over the next few days...we are moving! So, hopefully it won't be too long before we get settled in, get internet connection, and are functional again.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

A Charismatic Awakening?

I posted an article about false teacher and heretic Todd Bentley back in June. One of his followers sought to attack me for what I wrote, but now other charismatic leaders are pointing out the same things I mentioned about Bentley. Not only are they also calling him a heretic and false teacher, but they even acknowledge that most of his "healings" are not real healings. That comes as no surprise, but may be to many in the charismatic movement.

The Baptist Press is now reporting that Bentley and his wife are separating. We do not take joy in this, but are not shocked by the news based on what we have seen on television. The Baptist Press (BP) article also mentions the moral failure of other charismatic leaders in the past, but then speaks of the growth of the ministries of those who fell! Unbelievable! Bentley has apparently acknowledged that he and his wife have been receiving counseling for three years, and will take a year off from his ministry to receive counseling, and we hope salvation.

J. Lee Grady, a charismatic leader according to the BP, is basically calling for discernment among those in the charismatic movement. He says that ministers should have been much slower to endorse Bentley, and that many people are so spiritually hungry that they will eat anything.

The BP quotes Grady as saying, "Godly leaders are supposed to protect the sheep from heresy, not spoon feed deception to them. Only God knows how far this poison traveled from Lakeland to take root elsewhere. May God forgive us for allowing His Word to be so flippantly contaminated."

Praise God that some can see the forest through the trees. May the Lord use Grady to help lead a charismatic movement back to the Scriptures and to Christ.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Liberal Judge Creates His Own Truth For California Students

The San Franscio Chronicle states, "A federal judge says the University of California can deny course credit to applicants from Christian high schools whose textbooks declare the Bible infallible and reject evolution." Apparently U.S. District Judge James Otero of Los Angeles believes he is the determiner of what is truth and what isn't, and has sought to force his views of science and history upon the students of Christian schooling who seek to study at universities in California. His ruling rejects scientific courses that contain religious influence.

This is a move to try to remove the Creator from all teaching of science, and to impose a secular standard of education in the scientific field that the secularists want taught in Christian schools. The Chronicle quotes Jennifer Monk of Advocates for Faith and Freedom: "Science courses from a religious perspective are not approved," she said. "If it comes from certain publishers or from a religious perspective, UC simply denies them."

The Chronicle also quotes Judge Otero as saying, the text "'Biology for Christian Schools,' declares on the first page that 'if (scientific) conclusions contradict the Word of God, the conclusions are wrong.' Thus, he and others have rejected this as a legitimate textbook.

It would be interesting to match these kids' SAT scores to those from non-Christian schools. It is interesting that often homeschoolers are among the elite students in spelling bees, science fairs, and other such venues.

The secularists won't stop until they completely remove God from everything. Then in 100 years there will be a move to bring God back into the picture after our grandchildren and great-grandchildren see that God cannot be left out of the picture. In the meantime, lets be faithful to proclaim the truth that God created the world, and planned the end from the beginning.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Resting in His Sovereignty

We have been searching for a place to live for about 3 or 4 months now and haven't found anything. We have 2 weeks to move and there is nothing on the market that would work for our family. Today we roamed the streets of Kromeriz looking for a place to live, and came home with no leads.

So we entirely rest in the sovereignty of God. It will be interesting to see where we will be moving two weeks from today or what our situation will be. One thing for sure is that the Christian life isn't always easy, but we at least have confidence in knowing that God has the perfect plan for us even if it means we enter great difficulties. We know this from experience and from His Word. In the end I trust we will look back with great thanksgiving for whatever road the Lord would have us to take.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Home Sweet Home

There's no place like home! We had a great family vacation and are now back in the saddle. We haven't taken such a vacation in 4 years, so it was good to take off for 8-9 days and have no agenda other than playing with my kids and spending time with my wife. We did have a 3 day or so vacation back in December, but this was much longer and more relaxing.

I intentionally did not take my computer so as to not have anything that would compete for my time. And I survived. In fact, it was great not having it. All those people who wanted me to email them back had to wait, and it was fun to tell them why I didn't. :-)

Next on our agenda? Moving! Yes, my least favorite thing on planet earth. But it is God's will for us to move and we are thankful for it. Please pray for us as we have about 17 days to move and we still do not have a place to live.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Vacation Time

I know, I know. I am always on the road. At least it seems. The last 6-10 weeks have been absolutely crazy. Nevertheless, I'll be away from the computer for at least another week as I go on a one-week vacation with my family. The last time we did this was about 3 or 4 years ago. This time though, we are taking a tent.

Our family has grown and the dollar has fallen and we can no longer afford B&B's/motels. So we thank George Bush for his generous tax return that has made it possible for us to at least take a vacation in a tent. We have never done this before, but I bought a tent in the winter that can house 8 people! I got it for about $25, and now we will put it to the test!

So, all this to say I'm sorry I won't be posting for at least the next 8-10 days, but my family certainly deserves this time away. Especially since I was away for the last month doing ministry.

Monday, July 28, 2008

No Internet Access

I have been without internet access for a while and will probably be out of full access for a few more days before I'm able to post anything. Sorry. I hope to post something by the weekend.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Truth Quote of the Week

I am immersed in studies this week so I thought I'd post my favorite Czech quote. This is a quote from Matěj z Janova (Matthew of Janova) criticizing the priesthood of his day (the late 14th century):

they worldly, proud, mercenary, pleasure-loving, and hypocritical; they are the synagogue of sinners, the great Whore, serpents and young adders, a snare, the apocalyptic locusts, adulterous women, worse than public prostitutes. They form spiritually the Great Babylon which is the Great Whore and the mother of adultery and abomination of the earth. They do not regard their sins as such, do not allow themselves to be reproved, and persecute the saintly preachers. There is no doubt that if Jesus lived among such people, they would be the first to put him to death.”
- As quoted by Matthew Spinka from Kybal's book Matej z Janova.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Need a Pastor?

A friend just sent me this E-Bay link where a pastor has put himself and his family up for sale. I am not sure if I should laugh or cry. I guess both! Here is the "pastor's" ad:

"You are looking at/bidding on a very contemporary out of the box Pastor. As you can tell by the pictures He preaches and teaches in a very unorthodox manner. He does it without compromising the true written word of God. He and his family has chosen to go this route of putting themselves on the market in hopes to find a church that is untraditional and is ready to reach their community. He and his family will consider relocating in the contentinental United States. For any questions or more information feel free to email Pastor Chad at... or visit his my space at..."


Uhhhhh...I don't know what to say. I guess we shouldn't be surprised at this day in time.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

D.Min Day 1

Today was day one for my D.Min. program. It was cool to be able to study the Word and how to communicate the Word with others who have a passion to see it proclaimed. I was surprised to hear that the accrediting agency had to tell the seminary to back down on the workload they had for the D.Min. program because it was a Ph.D level load. Getting a degree at Master's is no light task, but it is worth it.

My postings have slowed because of all of my travel, jet lag, and seminary load. But I do hope to post some pics and comments on our incredible trip to Israel soon!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

We just returned from Israel and now I begin D.Min. studies at The Master's Seminary. Wow do we have a packed summer. I'll try to post some Israel trip pics and thoughts in the coming days.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Home Sweet Home

It is always good to come home after a long journey. We just returned from the land of Israel after 11-12 incredible days. As you can imagine we are tired, but I thought I'd post a couple words. I look forward to sharing some from our travels of the land of the Bible!

It was a great privilege to be there with about 300 others, mostly missionaries and their families. We traveled and enjoyed much fellowship together for 10 packed days! One of the most amazing things we saw was at the temple mount, but I'll have to share that in the next post as the hour is late.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Walking in the Steps of Jesus

I write today from the banks of the Sea of Galilee. We are in Israel on for an 11 day conference and tour of the Holy Land. As I write I look out on the Sea where the Lord Jesus walked, can see the hill where he preached His Sermon on the Mount, and see the area where 2/3 of the gospels took place! What an amazing privilege. I'll share more when we return from our trip!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Truth Quote of the Week

I thought I would post one of my favorite quotes by one of the Czech reformers Matěj z Janova (ca. 1355-93). He like Hus preached in the vernacular and even called for the reading of the Bible in the vernacular, which was really extreme at this point in history. His preaching was a call for moral reform, a denunciation of superstition, and a call to turn to the Scriptures, which he loved.

Matěj
denounced praying to saints rather than to Christ and criticized the priesthood by saying that “they worldly, proud, mercenary, pleasure-loving, and hypocritical; they are the synagogue of sinners, the great Whore, serpents and young adders, a snare, the apocalyptic locusts, adulterous women, worse than public prostitutes. They form spiritually the Great Babylon which is the Great Whore and the mother of adultery and abomination of the earth. They do not regard their sins as such, do not allow themselves to be reproved, and persecute the saintly preachers. There is no doubt that if Jesus lived among such people, they would be the first to put him to death.”

Monday, June 16, 2008

Better To Die Well Than Live Badly

In reading through some of Jan (John) Hus's letters I came across an interesting letter to share. It was written while he was in exile and before he was burned at the stake in Constance. Beginning in the first paragraph you get a sense of his commitment to truth, to Christ, and unwillingness to compromise. The following letter is as translated in Herbert Workman and R. Martin Pope's book, The Letters of John Hus, 1904.

XXVII. To THE SAME (To Master Christian of Prachaticz, Rector of the University of Prague)

(Without date: after April 1413)

Greetings from the Lord Jesus Christ! Christ the Lord helping me, I will not accept the judgment of the theological faculty, though I stand before a fire prepared for me. I hope that death will take either me or the two who have deserted the truth, to heaven or to hell, before I agree with their views. For I know that both in previous times loyally confessed the truth according to Christ's gospel; but, stricken with terror, they turned to flattery of the Pope and to lies. Palecz calls us Wyclifists, as if we were straying from the entire faith of Christendom, and Stanislaus calls us infidels, traitors, madmen, and an accursed clergy. But I would pay no heed to this, provided they were not confirming Antichrist in his wickedness. But I hope with God's grace, if needs be, to set myself against them even to the lighting of a fire. And if I cannot deliver the truth in spite of all I do, at least I refuse to be the enemy of the truth and will resist to the death all agreement with falsehood. Let the world run its course, as God permits. It is better to die well than to live badly. We must not sin to avoid the punishment of death. To end in grace the present life is to be banished from misery. He that adds knowledge, adds labour. He that speaks the truth, is smitten on his own head. He that fears death, loses the joys of life. Above all else, truth is conqueror. He conquers, who is slain: for no adversity hurts him if no iniquity hath dominion over him. For the apostle Peter saith: Who is he that can hurt you, if you be zealous of good? Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, saith the Truth. My brethren, count it all joy when you shall fall into divers temptations: blessed is the man that endureth temptation, for when he hath been proved he shall receive the crown of life. These are my foundations: these the dishes with which my spirit is revived so that I may be courageous against all adversaries of the truth.

As for these doctors whom you mention, they refuse to act against their consciences. You know how Palecz used to talk in the old days at your house. And I know for a fact that Stanislaus held the remanence of the bread and recorded his views in a treatise ; and he asked me before he began this disturbance if I would hold the same view along with him. Subsequently he swore to it and then abjured it; and two years afterwards, when Stiekna came with his treatise, in his terror of the Archbishop and not knowing how to escape, he asserted on oath that he had not finished the treatise. Before he was summoned to the Archbishop's court, he said, "The monk Stiekna must go on his knees before me and beg for his life, because he dared to charge my treatise with being a fresh graft of heresy." How, then, can I believe that they would not be ready to act against their consciences? Is it to save their consciences that they call us infidels, traitors, madmen, wanderers from the entire faith of Christ, and an accursed clergy? Let God be the judge of this.

As to your proposed change of benefice. It seems to me in all conscience you should on no account give it up; for I hope that you are a shield where you are, against Antichrist. It is on this account in my judgment that God hath decreed that, as there was a rector in that parish who was the greatest enemy of the truth, so you, on the other side, should be the friend of God's word. As to the parochial clergy and their unwillingness to receive gratefully all the spiritual oversight which they enjoy, you have in Ezekiel, chapter iii., a full verdict for your own justification. Read the passage. I will write to those whose names you give, and I will forward you the treatise, pending their reply to the charges of Stanislaus. Farewell in Christ Jesus. I think I sinned in giving up my preaching at the King's wish: therefore I am not willing to live any longer in this sin.

Friday, June 13, 2008

The Arch-Heretic - Todd Bentley

Last night I flipped on the "God Channel." Todd Bentley was introduced and came on stage. He walked back and forth shaking and then began to describe his experience earlier in the day about his encounter with the Shekinah Glory of God. Then he sought to give out this glory by yelling out "bam, bam" and throwing his hands out. I only had to listen for a few seconds to realize that this man is a heretic, an agent of the Devil, a wolf in sheep's clothing, and an apostate. You will get a taste in the video clip below.

You don't encounter the Shekinah glory of Holy God and live. Moses couldn't even enter the tabernacle when the glory was present (Ex. 40:34-35), and neither could the priests (1 Ki. 8:10-11). Yet Bentley claims he had a direct encounter with the glory and lives to tell us about it!

The glory encounters we see in Scripture left people prostrate before God (Lev. 9:23-24), and crying out for mercy, not standing up yelling "bam, bam" at people. The angels of God are not even able to look upon this glory (Is. 6:2). Yet Bentley speaks as though he is so close with God that God's Shekinah glory visits him and he lives to tell us about how we can "get some."

If Bentley came into contact with the Shekinah glory he wouldn't be speaking about it simply as something that happened earlier in the day. He would be speaking about how the glory of God was so holy, so bright, so overwhelming that he could do nothing other than fall on his face and cry out how sinful he is and how he begged God for mercy to even live! As a result he wouldn't be telling us how to get the glory, he would be preaching repentance! That is how Isaiah responded (Is. 6). He cried out confessing his sinfulness, and responded by going as God's mouthpiece to preach repentance. Not how you can "get some."

By watching the clip below you can get a glimpse of what I'm speaking about. May God give the Church discernment and wisdom in dealing with such heresy.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Truth Quote of the Week

“I will defend to the death the truth God has vouchsafed me, especially the truth of the Holy Scriptures.” - John Hus

As quoted
in Hus and Farel, W.J. Grier – p. 11.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

A Vow of Poverty?

While visiting the Vatican we wandered outside and found a tunnel that looked like it led to something interesting. Then we realized that it took you to the pope's parking lot of previous pope-mobiles. As you can see in the picture the popes haven't held back on making sure they have some nice wheels.

It reminds me of John Hus when he said that when he was younger he at first wanted to become a priest because they lived well, dressed well, and were held in high esteem. But through his study of the Word, the Scriptures, he came to understand the truth and then had a different view of the priesthood.

When taking my picture in front of one of the pope's carriages my wife, a previous catholic, reminded me that the priests are to take a vow of poverty. I guess it doesn't apply if you are the pope?

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

A City Without Hope

As mentioned in my first post about our trip to Rome I wanted to share a few thoughts from our visit to Vatican City. I went with no expectations of what things may be like, other than one friend told me everything is about the pope.

When entering Vatican Square, which is really a circle, I was immediately struck by all of the statues, which were just a foretaste of what it would be like inside St. Peter's Basilica (SPB). The size of SPB was far greater than I expected, but most of it was not for the worship of God. It seemed that most of SPB was devoted to displaying statutes of popes and various "saints." Thus, it was very man-centered in what it had to offer people. It offered commemorations to people who had done "great" things or who contributed in some way to the further growth and development of the Roman Church.

When entering the basilica there were people praying and probably overwhelmed by the fact that they had completed their pilgrimage. But that was truly it for them. It was really the end of their pilgrimage, because their touring of the basilica will lead them no closer to heaven than the statutes outside.

At the end of our tour I was struck by the fact that one can visit the Vatican and go through the basilica, see the tombs of the popes (where John Paul II was buried and people were praying and bowing towards his grave), see some church documents on display, and come out of all that having absolutely no clue what the gospel is! In fact, I don't even remember seeing a Bible anywhere.

All the thousands of people that tour this City of Idols leave there not having a clue as to how to get to the very place the "Church" promises to lead them. Stunning!

When in the prayer room I remember praying that God would open the people's hearts and minds to see the Truth and to rescue them from the House of Idols, the Household of Satan which they were visiting.

Some may say that it is a harsh way to say it, but Jesus was harsh when confronting the hypocrisy of the Pharisees in Matthew 23. I come away from this city which offers no hope and pray that I would be faithful to Christ, and that I would be faithful to the proclamation of the gospel. Sola fide!!!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Finished!

My teaching of Romans this past week went about as well as to be expected. We got through chapter 11, which concludes the great doctrinal section of the epistle. I can only pray that God will not allow His Word to return void.

I was encouraged by the discussions we had on various passages and look forward to a 2 hour discussion we have planned this week to provide a little more opportunity to discuss this most glorious epistle.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Why Barack Hussein Obama Should Never Be President

I think this video says it all as to why he should NEVER be the President of the United States of America. He wants to create an impotent America that is unable to protect itself and that is founded upon liberal ideology.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Roman Break

This week I teach the book of Romans! So I will be taking a break for a few days. When my life returns to normal at the end of the week I would like to make a post about our trip to the Vatican!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Mamertine Prison

My last post mentioned our trip to Rome and why we went there, and etc. In this post I wanted to post a pic of the one site that I wanted to see if I saw nothing else in Rome. And it was actually the first site we went to see. It is the Mamertine Prison.

From what I have read and heard, it is believed that the Apostles Peter and Paul were imprisoned here where I am standing! Tradition from the 5th century holds this to be the place of their imprisonment as it is the only known state prison that existed in Rome in the time of Peter and Paul.

BUT no one knows for sure. Whether it was the exact one or not you can still get a glimpse of the conditions in which they were kept. In the picture is a small spring of water in front of my feet. To the right of where I'm standing is some sort of a stone structure that looked to have some significance to it, but everything there was in Latin and I am no Latin scholar! Then above my head in the picture you can see a hole. This was probably the only source of light that the prisoners had access to unless they were given some sort of a candle, and it was probably how they received their food.

So after being there in this small room/dungeon I could certainly identify with why Paul wanted his cloak! I'm sure it is pretty cold there in the winter and you don't see any luxuries there.

Oh may we never forget the enormous sacrifices made for you and I to have the holy Word of God in our hands today! May we hold it dear, search the depths of its truths, and grow in our love of the One who has given it to us and about Whom it is written, the Lord Jesus!

Monday, May 19, 2008

10 Years with "Lance Romance"

I had the great privilege of spending my 10th wedding anniversary with my incredible bride! Since we were unable to celebrate our anniversary as we would have liked for several years, I talked the talk of telling my wife that for our 10th we would do something special. About a month ago she said, "you aren't planning to do anything for our anniversary are you?" Those words cut to the bone! I figured, "I talked the big talk, now I have to walk the big walk!"

So after speaking with another missionary friend about his travels and checking out prices on the net I decided to take her to Rome! My sister came to visit and watched our kids, and we took off to Rome using our rewards miles from our credit cards!

Despite the picture to the right, we are not Catholics! It just happens to be a picture I liked from our trip and we are standing here at the Vatican of all places! I'll make another post of our thoughts of the Vatican later.

But wow we had a great time as we had 4 days with no schedule and no kids for the first time since our honeymoon (We did not have kids on our honeymoon, but soon thereafter had a busy schedule and had our first child one year later!). For our first anniversary we sat at my in-laws house eating McDonalds as my wife was recovering from a C-section with our first child.

Growing up my name rhymed with many things: "Lance likes to dance with ants in his pants" was a famous one from my elementary school days, and then later my friends would joke around calling me "Lance Romance," though I'm not sure why. Nevertheless, my wife has endured life with me now for 10 years, and she deserved more than a trip to Rome with Lance Romance! But that is what she got and we had a blast!

I praise God for her as a man who massively over married, and I'm thankful for the incredible opportunity to have shared this time with her! Her price is certainly far above rubies and is a woman clearly described in Proverbs 31. No exaggeration. Anyone who knows her knows that it is an accurate description of my Beloved!

Proverbs 18:22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor from the LORD.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Winners!

Roman, one of the seminary students, and I played in a 3 on 3 basketball tournament over the weekend. We had to pick up a guy that we didn't know, because one of our friends wasn't able to play. Nevertheless, we picked up the 2nd place trophy! My wife and Mom told me they thought it wasn't bad for a guy pushing 35, but I wasn't able to hang with the 22 year olds! The team that beat us in the championship game play on a professional Czech basketball team!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Truth Quote of the Week

I was so "moved" by a quote today that I have decided to do something I've never done before, and that is cut and paste a quote from another blog. So this week the "Truth Quote of the Week" will state a sad truth about the man who wants to be my next President.

The quote is from my good friend (old roommate - thankfully old roommate!) :-) Jonathan Moorhead's blog at From the Head of the Moor. Let me just cut and paste his quote from last week:

“He was never my spiritual adviser, he was never my spiritual mentor — he was my pastor.”
Barach Obama on his pastor, Jeremiah Wright.

May it never be said of you.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Packer Takes a Stand

The Christian Post recently posted an article about J.I. Packer's departure from the rank liberal Anglican Church in Canada saying:

J.I. Packer, one of the world's most renowned evangelical theologians, left the Anglican Church of Canada, citing "poisonous liberalism" in the church body.

Packer, 81, who was named one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in the world by Time magazine in 2005, quit the Canadian arm of the global Anglican Communion with 10 other B.C. Anglican clergy last week, he said, according to The Vancouver Sun. They joined the more conservative and orthodox Province of the Southern Cone in South America.

The Oxford-trained theologian said he can no longer serve under Vancouver-area Bishop Michael Ingham, arguing that he "appears heretical." Ingham had sanctioned in 2002 same-sex blessings in the British Columbia diocese of New Westminster, sparking international uproar.

It is refreshing to see someone take a stand and go against the grain these days of compromise. May Packer be the first of many more who will hopefully follow in his footsteps in taking a stand for truth!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Secular Injustice

The sad, unthinkable, horrifying story of the monster in Austria who imprisoned and raped his daughter, and participated in the death of one of their offspring may not have to face real justice. The secular, leave-God-out-of-everything European society has no judicial system that will give this beast the punishment he rightfully deserves. This animal imprisoned his daughter for 24 years underground where she never saw the light of day, and neither did 4 of their 7 children.

Thislondon.co.uk (click here for article) reports,

"He has already signed a confession but is now refusing to speak to detectives and his lawyer has hinted he could yet deny rape, incest and abduction. Even if he is convicted of the worst offence of rape, he can only be jailed for a maximum of 15 years - nine years less than the sentence he inflicted on his own daughter. His case has sparked a growing clamour for a reform of Europe's lenient penal system and debate over whether harsher U.S. style sentencing guidelines could be used to deter such heinous crimes. 'Fifteen years for destroying human lives is unacceptable,' said Harald Vilimsky, a public safety policy official with Austria's conservative Freedom Party. 'Any punishment that falls a single day short of a life sentence is a mockery of the victims.'"
This is justice in Europe. I can think of two such examples here in the Czech Republic: 1) A lady in the town we used to live in killed her 7 year old daughter and her punishment was 2 years in jail, and 2) a bus driver driving in icy conditions had an accident. No one was killed but several were injured. He got 8 years!

It shows what happens when people abandon Truth. The wisdom of man is foolishness.

Ezekiel 33:17 "Yet your fellow citizens say, 'The way of the Lord is not right,' when it is their own way that is not right. 18 "When the righteous turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, then he shall die in it. 19 "But when the wicked turns from his wickedness and practices justice and righteousness, he will live by them. 20 "Yet you say, 'The way of the Lord is not right.' O house of Israel, I will judge each of you according to his ways."

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Evolutionists Scared of the Truth?

I was actually a little shocked by the reaction to my post a few days ago when I encouraged people to view the movie "Expelled" and post their thoughts on the film. My blog is not the most famous in the world, but as you can see in the comments section it was the most commented on post in the history of Truth Buckler.

So I decided to follow up with another post on the "Intelligent Design" movement, and just threw out a couple of my thoughts on the issue. Today I came across a number of headlines in the Florida Witness all having to do with potential new legislation in Florida to allow teachers freedom to challenge evolutionary conjecture. At least that is how I understand the bill from the few things I read.

The title of one article caught my attention, "Storms Decries Personal Attacks in Evolution Debate." I want to be careful that I don't paint all evolutionists in the same light, but this comes to me as no surprise. From my own personal interaction with evolutionists on issues regarding origins they are often quite fierce in their rhetoric. Now, I must say that unfortunately many Creationists are too. In fact, I saw a video by one Creationist who was very arrogant in his lecture and very snide in his remarks about evolutionists, and I told my wife I'll never listen to him again. I have since learned that he is in jail for tax evasion or something. It's truly a sad story and a horrible testimony for the name of Christ for which this man must one day answer to God.

However, I have noticed that evolutionists are particular sharp in their attacks such as this senator has experienced. Why the threats? Why the personal attacks? Why are evolutionists so afraid of being challenged? What do they have to lose? Are they so allergic to the Truth that they can tolerate no theory or opinion that challenges their position?

I see this approach as a sign of weakness. Time does not allow me to post the many, many problems that evolutionists cannot answer, and for which they must hold to their position by faith alone. I can't count the times I have seen them redefine science, call Creationists unscientific and ignorant of what science is. Sad.

When you can't win in the arena of logic and evidence, then just insult the person's intelligence, tell them that they don't know what science is and attack them personally. How weak.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Intelligence of Intelligent Design

For a few years now it seems the Intelligent Design (ID) movement has been seeking to open the discussion of origins in the public arena. I'm not sure of its success. Those on the evolutionary side tag it "religious," and Creationists like myself would say it stops short of its ultimate goal.

It is true that to believe in evolution requires an enormous amount of faith. No intelligent person would say that nothing plus nothing equals everything, but in the realm of origins many people believe that. They often hold to the fantasy that everything just created itself...leave stuff long enough and it will grow and turn into human beings.

However, I would add that the Intelligent Design argument leaves out Intelligence. How can you explain the creation of the universe apart from its Creator? To leave out the Intelligence that created everything is to stop short of the answer. To properly understand creation one must understand its Creator. And for the evolutionist, you cannot divorce science from the One who created science!

The more I study the book of Romans for my upcoming course, the more convinced I am of the truth that Jesus is the Son of God and that there is no other way to the Father except through Him. No human being would ever invent such a theology as we see in Romans. Who would ever invent a gospel that leaves out human participation in doing something to appease the God he has so greatly offended? No religion in the world teaches that. The gospel of Christ is unfathomable, and far too genius to have been invented by some fisherman or shepherd.

However, as Romans teaches, many suppress the Truth in their unrighteousness. They live and breathe and act as though there is no God. Where I live 70% of people profess to be atheist. But I have yet to meet one after about 30 minutes of conversation who would deny that "something" is out there. They just don't want to call that "something" God!

To turn the conversation back to origins, if we want to understand the creation we must begin with its Creator. We must begin by understanding Him, our True source of intelligence.

As God said to Job, "Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? " He (God) is our source of Truth and the ultimate witness of what happened on that first morning.

Monday, April 28, 2008

The Gospel According to Oprah

In this video are some clips of Oprah speaking about her view of God & the gospel. Scary!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Evolution vs. Creationism and Intelligent Design

The evolutionists are fully engaged in the war against God. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board rejected the Institute for Creation Research Graduate School's application to grant degrees in Texas. Even though the boards that viewed the school on-site gave them good reviews Commissioner Raymund Paredes rejected their findings as "flawed."

Ben Stein's movie Expelled exploded into the top 10 this week on its opening weekend, despite only being shown on 1,052 screens. Expelled placed 9th in the top 10 ahead of Clooney's film the Letterheads that showed on twice as many screens. Several film critics have attacked Expelled due to its Intelligent Design content, but everyone should check out the film to see what the reviewers and evolutionists don't want you to see!

If you get a chance go check out Expelled and post your thoughts on the film!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Truth Quote of the Week

“Truth is truth, whether it’s spoken by the lips of Jesus or Balaam’s donkey.”
-
George MacDonald

Monday, April 21, 2008

The Purpose Driven Life Gospel

Here is a video I found at Truth Matters blog. It is a video someone put together of Pastor John MacArthur speaking about the gospel in The Purpose Driven Life. It's quite frightening to think that this is the gospel taught in this book!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

What I Listen To

I thought I would bring to your attention what I believe is the best Christian music on the internet. I enjoy listening every morning here European Standard Time to WOAK. It is a small Christian radio station located in LaGrange, Georgia. It serves West Georgia and Eastern Alabama.

During the weekdays there seems to be a lot of various programs available. Everything from J. Vernon McGee to programs such as Money Matters. But the music they play sends my heart towards heaven! Maybe you will think it is more old fashioned, but it is a good mixture of southern gospel, hymns, and various worship choruses. Click here to listen.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Two Are Better Than One

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says, "Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. 10 For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up."

For over 5 years we have prayed for ministry partners who are like-minded with a vision for evangelism, church planting, biblical preaching, and with a desire to train up other men for leadership in the home and local churches. We praise the Lord for answering our prayers as we will soon be moving to work with Pastor Lojza and his wife Maruska. They are a great couple with a great zeal for the Lord, and a deep love for the Truth.

Jesus always sent out his disciples in twos and we look forward to teaming up with them to teach and preach God's Word in Moravia!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

My Need for Truth

There are many today who say "there is no truth." Fortunately they are wrong. There is truth, and there is not a person living today who doesn't need it. Our souls long for truth though we may not realize it.

A pilot wants the truth when he is flying through the clouds at 600mph to guide him in the correct path, a captain wants the truth when steering a nuclear powered submarine through the depths of the dark ocean, a doctor needs the truth when making an incision to open someone's chest for heart surgery, a child needs truth to teach him right from wrong, and our souls need truth so we can live in right relationship with God.

Truth is all around us. If there isn't truth then nothing is certain. If there are not laws of science and nature that are true then danger always looms, because you never know when something may erupt and destroy us all. But truth does exist and we rely on it daily. The problem is that many people neglect the truth in relation to spiritual laws and in relation to God himself and say it doesn't exist. Such people claim we can't know what is right from wrong, and therefore I can create my own truth and live how I see fit. According to such thinking there is no moral truth or absolute truth other than the "truth" that there is no moral truth or absolute truth. It is of course nonsensical.

I reject such thinking. I need truth daily. I need to be reminded over and over again of what is true and right. God repeated truths over and over again in Scripture. Why? Because we quickly forget. How many times in Scripture does the Lord say that people forgot? I haven't counted, but it is numerous.

We forget truth when we are most tempted to sin. When we face temptation we often only think of half the truth, like Eve in the garden. But thanks be to God that He has given us His truth so that we can know it, and so that we can live according to it! Without this truth we would just be wandering through life in complete uncertainty.

Truth protects us from sin, enables us to have a proper relationship with God, and gives us that which is necessary to live a full, complete, and joyful life.

Seek truth. You need it. I need it. We all need it.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

A Student Once Again!

I have been planning on announcing this bit of news in our next ministry news/prayer letter, but decided I would go ahead and first announce it here. I have been accepted into the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program at The Master's Seminary. So for the next three years I will be spending any spare time doing doctoral work in the area of expository preaching.

I am greatly looking forward to this adventure and trust that the Lord will use it for His glory and for the further spreading of the Word of God.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Teaching Romans

I'm in the midst of preparing for a one-week course on the Epistle to the Romans. So I'm a little slow in posting things. I have to almost perform a miracle in that I have 17 hours to teach the whole book! So I'll have to focus on the key things in each chapter. However, there are so many deep, rich truths in Romans that it's hard to narrow it down!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Who's Happier - Believers or Atheists?

I remember one day I was teaching in a high school here in the Czech Republic and I spoke to the students about priorities. I thought it would be good for them to evaluate the priorities in their lives and provide an opportunity for me to share what my priorities are. I remember that one girl said that her "highest priority is to be happy...whatever it takes to be happy." I was stunned.

After growing up in the church I never had even thought of having such a priority. But it was a real eye-opener for me to see how atheists think. After all, if there is no God, if there is nothing after this life, then you should pursue happiness in this life with everything you've got! Because as this one girl stated, "when you die it is the end of this happy life."

The British newspaper the Telegraph recently published an article "Believers are happier than Atheists." A couple researchers did some sort of a study and found that religious people are happier than atheists. The report stated that "religious people were better able to cope with disappointments such as unemployment or divorce than non-believers." And they said that the more people pray and go to church the happier they are!

Atheists, people who make it their aim to be happy, are not the happiest. This comes to me as no surprise. If the source of our joy comes from within ourselves, others, or anything in this world, then our happiness will only be temporary. But if the source of our joy is in God, in the person and work of Jesus Christ, then our fountain of joy will never run dry. Jesus tells us how to be happy in His "Sermon on the Mount" in Matthew 5:1-12. The God who created us knows what it takes to make us happy, and it isn't what this world has to offer. The happiness this world offers is only temporary.

If you are searching for happiness, begin with God! He will not disappoint.! He is our source of truth and our never ending source of joy!

Psalm 146:5 Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the LORD his God, 6 Who made heaven and earth, The sea, and all that is in them; Who keeps truth forever.


Friday, March 21, 2008

The Truth on Global Warming

Here is a link for Dr. Roy W. Spencer's site on Global Warming. He is an expert on weather and has been supported by NASA, NOAA, and the DOE for his work.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Obama's View of Scripture

Barack Hussein Obama has revealed his view of Scripture at a rally at Hocking College. He stated that he believes the Sermon on the Mount justifies his view of same-sex unions. Obama said, "I don't think it [a same-sex union] should be called marriage, but I think that it is a legal right that they should have that is recognized by the state...If people find that controversial then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount, which I think is, in my mind, for my faith, more central than an obscure passage in Romans."

When did Romans become obscure? Maybe because he hasn't read it? Romans is THE book that clearly lays out what it means to be a Christian. In it we find the doctrine of justification by faith. Without being justified by faith you are NO Christian. The passage Obama is referring to is probably the passage in chapter one where God says that such behavior is not normal, it isn't natural. I hardly find it an obscure passage.

I think most evangelicals will totally reject his explanation. What Obama has done is show the evangelical community what his view of Scripture truly is...pick and choose. He basically chooses what passages of Scripture he likes and rejects the rest. This is the same method that the cults use. It is a satanic approach to Scripture. The words he chooses to reject are the VERY WORDS OF GOD! May we guard against picking out the verses and chapters and books that suit our fancy. To have such an approach to Scriptures leaves one in a position where he will likely reject the parts of Scripture that warn of his own condemnation!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Truth Quote of the Week

"Christians get so hung up with the pagan idea (very dishonoring to God, incidentally) that God’s will is always unpleasant, so that one is rather a martyr to be doing it, that they hardly at first notice how their experience verifies the truth that in Christian living duty and delight go together. But they do!—and it will be even clearer in the life to come. To give oneself to hallowing God’s name as one’s life-task means that living, though never a joy ride, will become increasingly a joy road."

Packer, J. I.: Growing in Christ. Wheaton, Ill. : Crossway Books, 1996, c1994, S. 174

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Czech President Interview on Global Warming with Glenn Beck

Monday, March 3, 2008

Mohler on Transforming Culture

Al Mohler has written a great article defining our times. Click here to read his article "Transforming Culture: Christian Truth Confronts Post-Christian America."

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Obama Pledges Gay Support

The Baptist Press has posted an article describing Barack Hussein Obama's position on issues related to homosexuality. Obama has pledged to use the "bully pulpit" to further their cause. It is clear that we live in an age where many desire to return to the ways of Sodom and Gomorrah, including many in our government.

The Church must stand for the truth on this issue. If the government condones such behavior, which will likely happen at some point, we Christians need to be willing to stand for truth and not change our message. I was not too long ago engaged in a forum/news column with homosexuals, and their first response was to name all of the radical homosexual haters who call themselves Christians and hold up signs that say "God hates fags." While homosexuality is a sin, Christ died for the ungodly, and such displays of hatred by "Christians" are just as abominable as the deviant sexual behavior of the homosexual/bisexual/transsexual.

We are not to hate people for their sin, we are to hate only their sin. The homosexual who denies the truth and remains in his sin is as hell bound as a liar, an adulterous, gossip, or a murder. We are to reach these people with the love of Christ and to offer them hope. Christ can free them from this lifestyle!

May the Church arise and be a beacon of light and hope for those overtaken by sin.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Faith in His Sovereignty

The small book of Habakkuk is one that is often not preached or studied, but it has a powerful message. Habakkuk begins by doubting God's plan in how He chose to deal with the sinful nation of Judah before the Babylonian Captivity. He couldn't understand why God would allow them to continue to live in such evil, and even more he could understand why God would use a more sinful nation by which to judge Judah.

But the Lord told him what he would do, and said that the just shall live by faith. The wicked do not live this way, but the righteous do. This statement in Habakkuk is also quoted in Romans, and it is this phrase "the just shall live by faith" that rocked Martin Luther 500 years ago. We live how we live as a result of our faith. We don't do what we do in order to get faith. So, as believers we are to live our lives trusting God, having faith in His plan, and being faithful to what He has called us to do.

Maybe we don't know God's plan for our lives clearly, maybe we can understand what He is doing, maybe we can't imagine why God would allow certain things to happen in our lives or certain people to "prosper" and other to suffer. But we can take comfort from Habakkuk and know that the just live by faith.

May we not forget God's faithfulness, His love, His compassion, and His perfect plan. When Habakkuk came to understand all of this and to see what God was doing he broke forth in song in the last chapter (ch. 3). Look at how he closed the book:

17 Though the fig tree should not blossom, And there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail, And the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold, And there be no cattle in the stalls, 18 Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. 19 The Lord God is my strength, And He has made my feet like hinds' feet, And makes me walk on my high places. For the choir director, on my stringed instruments.

May we rest in His sovereignty and live by faith in the One who planned the end from the beginning.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Perseverance of the Knee-bending Saints

In Colossians 4:2 the Apostle Paul called upon the saints to persevere in prayer. Paul writing from prison didn't ask them to pray for him to be freed. His concern was that the saints carry on the ministry of prayer and not to let their leader's imprisonment cause them to abandon prayer. He didn't see his circumstance as something that should cause them to get discouraged, but rather that they should continue on in prayer being watchful!

Oh don't the disciples wish they would have prayed that way upon Jesus' command in the Garden of Gethsemane? You and I have an opportunity to continue on in prayer watchfully with an attitude of thanksgiving. So, what are you doing? How are we praying during these dark days in which people abandon truth, and do that which is right in their own eyes?

Paul told the Colossians in the next two verses (4:3-4) to pray not for his release, but for a door to be opened for the furtherance of the gospel. He also asked for prayer so that he would speak the gospel clearly.

May we continue on in persevering, watchful, thankful prayer for the furtherance of the gospel! May God give us the words of truth in that moment, and may we communicate it clearly and in love!